Plant medicinal plants instead of poppies and cannabis: Union Minister

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IMPHAL, Dec 6 (Newmai):  Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shripad Yesso Naik urged the people to plant medicinal plants instead of poppy and cannabis. Stating that Manipur has rich resources of medicinal plants, the Union Minister stated that his Ministry is ready to extend all possible support regarding large scale plantation of medicinal plants.

The Union minister speaking at the Arogya Fair, 2018 which started on Thursday at City Convention Centre in Imphal East district.

The four-day fair is organised to showcase revitalisation of traditional system of medicines (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), market promotion and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants, income generation and scientific approaches.

Informing that the Union Ministry of AYUSH has been promoting AYUSH system of health care in the country as well in the State, Naik said that AYUSH doctors and facilities are being provided in PHCs and CHCs and district hospitals of all the States under the National AYUSH Mission. Under the same Mission, he said, the Central Government had approved providing support in setting up of four 50-bedded hospitals in the State i.e. in Moreh, Churachandpur, Lamphelpat and Keirao. Moreover, one 10-bedded Yoga and Naturopathy Hospital had been inaugurated at Kwakeithel Konjeng Leikai in Imphal West District today, he said.

The Ministry of AYUSH had also approved setting up of a new Homeopathic College at Keirao in Imphal East district, he said and added that the college will have a Homeopathy Pharmacy and a Drug Testing Laboratory as well. On the other hand, necessary land had already been acquired for the upgradation of Regional Research Institute (Homeopathy), Imphal as well, he informed.

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, N. Biren Singh said that Manipur accounts for a fraction of a per cent of the total land area of the Earth. However, of the total 10,000 identified medical and aromatic plants found in different parts of the world, Manipur has around 500 varieties, he said.

He further informed that the State Government is targeting with a firm effort to hand over the Ayush Hospital being constructed at Keirao in Imphal East by February next year. N. Biren Singh further said that he had discussed with the visiting Union Minister about providing an alternative livelihood through plantation of medicinal plants to the villagers, who are planting poppy and cannabis. N. Biren Singh further informed that Naik asked him to submit a DPR on the project to the Ministry for approval.

Stating that Manipur is now able to send out positive vibes to other States and countries with the coming of the new State Government, he said that a team of Japanese corporate executives called on him yesterday and sought nursing manpower to work in different hospitals of their country. For this, they wish to take Manipuri girls to Japan for giving nursing training suitable to their people and the country. In response to their request, the chief minister said, he had told them that the State Government is ready to provide land or even building in Manipur for setting up of a nursing institute wherein Japanese faculties may give training to Manipuri girls. From this institute, they can select talented and competent nurses for nursing jobs available in Japan, he added.

The chief minister further said that a team of officials from Tata Group also visited the State recently. He requested them to open a Cancer Hospital and extend technical support in river dredging works, the chief minister informed.

Mentioning various developmental works and welfare schemes taken up by the State Government in the past one and a half years, the chief minister said that the Government is fully committed to bring down the number of BPL families of the State to the best possible minimum level before the end of their five years’ tenure.

Manipur Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar who attended the function as president said that AYUSH is a very unique system of health care. It can effectively supplement the Allopathic system in providing health care to people, he said. Apparently, promotion of AYUSH was done for namesake in the past. However, the new Government is very keen and committed in propagating this unique system of health care, he added.

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